The Paw-miny. The Cock a Toe vulgurly call'd Cockatoo._
Etching, rare, sheet 165 x 110mm. 6½ x 4¼". Lacking upper margin; the rest very thin.
A slender man in profile delicately standing on tip-toe in the attitude of a dancing-master. His elbows are held out, he holds his hat. He is dressed like the Frenchman of caricature, with a high toupee wig. This seems to be a caricature of ballet dancer and dancing master Gaetano Apoline Balthazar Vestris (1729 - 1808); or possibly Mr. Fitzgerald. Charles Bretherton (c.1760 fl - 1783) was an engraver, etcher, watercolourist and publisher in London. He was the younger brother of James Bretherton, hence often signs as Bretherton junior.
BM Satires 5886.
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